A logical journey by Hao Wang

By Hao Wang

Hao Wang (1921-1995) used to be one of many few confidants of the good mathematician and philosopher Kurt Gödel. A Logical Journey is a continuation of Wang's Reflections on Gödel and in addition elaborates on discussions contained in From arithmetic to Philosophy. A decade in training, it includes vital and unusual insights into Gödel's perspectives on quite a lot of matters, from Platonism and the character of good judgment, to minds and machines, the lifestyles of God, and positivism and phenomenology.

The effect of Gödel's theorem on twentieth-century proposal is on par with that of Einstein's idea of relativity, Heisenberg's uncertainty precept, or Keynesian economics. those formerly unpublished intimate and casual conversations, notwithstanding, carry to gentle and magnify Gödel's different significant contributions to common sense and philosophy. They exhibit that there's even more in Gödel's philosophy of arithmetic than is often believed, and extra in his philosophy than his philosophy of mathematics.

Wang writes that "it is even attainable that his fairly casual and loosely based conversations with me, which i'm freely utilizing during this ebook, will turn into the fullest latest expression of the varied elements of his inadequately articulated common philosophy."

The first chapters are dedicated to Gödel's existence and psychological improvement. within the chapters that persist with, Wang illustrates the hunt for overarching recommendations and grand unifications of information and motion in Gödel's written speculations on God and an afterlife. He offers the history and a chronological precis of the conversations, considers Gödel's reviews on philosophies and philosophers (his help of Husserl's phenomenology and his digressions on Kant and Wittgenstein), and his try and display the prevalence of the mind's strength over brains and machines. 3 chapters are tied jointly by means of what Wang perceives to be Gödel's governing perfect of philosophy: an actual idea within which arithmetic and Newtonian physics function a version for philosophy or metaphysics. ultimately, in an epilog Wang sketches his personal method of philosophy not like his interpretation of Gödel's outlook.

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56 [Fischer] David Hackett Fischer, Historians' Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought, 1970. [Gula] Robert J. Gula, Nonsense: A Handbook of Logical Fallacies, 2002. [Hamblin] C. L. Hamblin, Fallacies, 1970. [King] Stephen King, On Writing, 2000. [Minsky] Marvin Minsky, The Society of Mind, 1988. [Pólya] George Pólya, How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method, 2004. html [Sagan] Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, 1995. [Simanek] Donald E. htm [Smith] Peter Smith, An Introduction to Formal Logic, 2003.

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32 Informal Fallacy › Ambiguity › Equivocation › Redefinition › No True Scotsman No True Scotsman A general claim may sometimes be made about a category of things. 7 For example, one may posit that programmers are creatures with no social skills. ” Here, it is not clear what the attributes of a programmer are, nor is the category of programmers as clearly defined as the category of, say, people with blue eyes. The ambiguity allows the stubborn mind to redefine things at will. The fallacy was coined by Antony Flew in his book Thinking about Thinking.

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